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Trump positioned to impose potentially crushing ta...

U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made panels that have driven its explosive growth. (Sept. 22, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR) U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made...

Nestlé, Unilever, P&G Among Worst Offenders f...

A week-long beach clean up and audit at Freedom Island in Manila Bay has exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat and Ramsar site—one of the worst locations for plastic pollution in the Philippines. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and Indonesian company PT Torabika...

Ohio agency wants troubled Rover Pipeline to pay $...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is once again squaring off with Rover Pipeline LLC officials. On Wednesday, the state agency asked the Ohio attorney general’s office to hold pipeline officials financially responsible for $2.3 million in fines related to numerous environmental violations which have occurred during the $4.2 billion underground natural gas pipeline’s construction. Rover’s parent company is Dallas-based...

Facebook Data Center (in New Albany) Makes Good on...

Facebook is now closer to reaching their goal of 100 percent sustainability with a new data center. As Facebook continues planning the construction of future data centers, their goal remains to eventually have “100 percent clean and renewable energy in our mix for our entire operations,” said Lindsay Amos, Technology Communications Manager at Facebook. The Facebook data center in New Albany will help solidify the company’s...

Lithium-Ion Battery Production Is Surging, but at ...

In his first Tesla Motors master plan, Elon Musk wrote, “The overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.” Just over a decade later, it looks like that sustainable solution is within reach — solar deployments...

Trump Administration May Soon Ax Obama’s Big...

Many expect EPA will reassess the Clean Power Plan to show a higher price tag and smaller benefits U.S. EPA staff under Administrator Scott Pruitt might refute Obama-era findings that reducing carbon dioxide emissions has large health benefits. Credit: Riccardo Savi Getty Images When the Obama administration issued its landmark climate rule in 2015, officials declared that benefits to public health and the climate would be...

Three Ways Electric Utilities Can Avoid A Death Sp...

In the summer of 2016, two high-profile investment advisors declared “The Sun Will Set on Electric Utilities” in a well-read Barron’s article.  Citing rising fixed costs and competition from energy storage and microgrids, Leonard Hyman and William Tilles predicted a “death spiral” for utilities where rising prices create ever-reinforcing incentives for customers to find cheaper power elsewhere. But contrary facts and...

Trump’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Coal Minin...

He has said he supports miners and their communities, but his actions put their health and their lives at risk Pres. Donald Trump’s contempt for climate change science is well known. Now we see that his administration has put on hold a study of the connections between mountaintop coal mining and the health of nearby communities—research that was requested by West Virginia health authorities and is being conducted by the...

Far away from any witnesses, my small town is bein...

In a tiny south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills, the Hazel Ginsburg Well is holding waste  from out-of-state fracking operations – a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water Some days, the air would smell acrid, sharp like bleach, and I would hurry from the car into the house. Other days, the wind seemed normal, unremarkable. I didn’t know why. My south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is...

How Trump could undermine the US solar boom

Disclosure statement Jonas Meckling receives funding from the Climate Works Foundation for research not discussed in this article.Llewelyn Hughes does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above. Partners University of California provides funding as a founding...

Vinton County optimistic about proposed solar-ener...

McARTHUR — Vinton County officials are laying out the welcome mat for a large solar-energy project that would generate tax revenue as well as electricit y in a part of Appalachian Ohio that could use the money. Chicago-based renewable-energy company Invenergy plans to build the 125-megawatt solar farm on reclaimed strip-mined land just outside McArthur, about 75 miles southeast of Columbus. “I love that the site was used for...

Good news! Avoiding catastrophic climate change is...

There’s a narrow path to safety When they signed the Paris climate agreement, the countries of the world committed to a common goal: Hold the rise in global temperatures “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” and “pursue efforts” to hold it even lower, to 1.5 degrees. Aim for well below 2 C, hit 1.5 C if possible. That’s what we all signed up for. Is that wildly ambitious goal still possible? The general...

  Trump administration removes links to taxpayer-f...

You paid for U.S. Geological Survey climate data, but the White House is making it disappear. In its relatively short time in power, the Trump administration has made no attempt to hide its disdain for studying, communicating, and acting on the threat posed by climate change. Rather than simply ignore the scientific information and research accessible to the public, however, the administration instead has chosen to remove...

Why the wiring of our brains makes it hard to stop...

Editor’s Note: Why isn’t the public heeding scientists and demanding climate action by politicians that could help deal with extreme storms? Among other factors, write David Victor, Nick Obradovich, and Dillon Amaya, a much deeper force is at work: the way our brains function. Humans aren’t well wired to act on complex statistical risks. We care a lot more about the tangible present than the distant future. This piece...

Ohio coal officials join Trump administration

The idea that the former president of the Ohio Coal Association is now lobbying Congress as an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not sitting well with environmentalists, Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief Jack Torry notes. Christian Palich, a former aide to Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, works in the EPA’s congressional relations shop. The post did not require Senate confirmation. “We’ve gone from an...

Fledgling Company Awaits Approval for Fracking Was...

A fledgling company, Epiphany Water Solutions (Pittsburgh, Pa.), has obtained a lease to build a fracking wastewater treatment plant along the headwaters of the Allegheny River in Coudersport, Pa. Epiphany has proposed to install an untested distillation process, the first of its kind to be constructed, to take fracking wastewater — a.k.a. ‘flowback, produced water, or brine’ — and produce clean water. That clean water will...

Renewables Are Expanding at an Astounding Pace. Bu...

The pieces of a renewable-forward future are falling into place. Wind, solar, and storage are accelerating. Plummeting costs and greater security in investment mean countries are increasingly looking to renewable technologies as a safe bet. And prices for offshore wind and battery storage are dropping faster than expected. One hitch, though: That renewable future still won’t mean the globe reaches its climate goals. New...

Stunning new analysis reveals just how unprecedent...

Thanks to climate change and Trump’s policies, we won’t have to wait another 25,000 years for the next one. Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas was “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced,” as the National Weather Service described it late last month. Now scientists are beginning to quantify just how unprecedented it was. A study released Friday by Metstat, a weather-analysis company specializing in...

5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to...

Recommendations from 25-year industry veteran Thomas Leyden. At the Intersolar conference in San Francisco this year, I opened a presentation on new solar and storage business models by highlighting recent milestones for the industry: The United States now has an impressive 44.7 gigawatts of operating solar systems, solar became the No. 1 source of new electricity in 2016, and in April 2017, for the first time ever, solar...

U.S. Solar Market Sees Biggest Second Quarter Ever

In the second quarter of this year, the U.S. solar industry installed 2,387 MW of solar photovoltaics – representing the largest total in a second quarter to date, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Moreover, the report says, this number tops the first quarter’s total and represents an 8% year-over-year gain. Comparatively, the U.S....